General Eastern Asian Metal Thread
Jeckidy and/or Sambora, probably.
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2017-05-26 - Korean Rock Festival - 자라섬 스프링 사운드 페어(Jarasum Spring Sound Fair) (Part. 3): T-Money Card, Late Night Bus, 1987 Han River Rock Concert, Yeouido Hangang Park (To Be Continued):
http://samborahkrockjournal.blogspot.com...rasum.html

2017-05-26 - Korean Rock Festival - 자라섬 스프링 사운드 페어(Jarasum Spring Sound Fair) (Part. 4): 1987 Han River Rock Concert, Yeouido Hangang Park, Poet - 구상(具常/Ku Sang), Yeouinaru Station:
https://samborahkrockjournal.blogspot.hk...um_26.html
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(08-29-2017, 03:30 PM)billm99uk Wrote: Do any of the forums Korean experts know much about Messgram, as they seem to be turning up on YouTube videos a lot recently?
I saw them at Jarasum Spring Sound Fair in Korea in May.
Here's some photo I took at there:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/z3myb636ijdl2...OAv-a?dl=0
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(09-09-2017, 07:38 PM)Sambora Wrote: I saw them at Jarasum Spring Sound Fair in Korea in May.
Here's some photo I took at there:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/z3myb636ijdl2...OAv-a?dl=0

Nice. Looks like you got a good position and the weather was OK. Were they any good live?
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(09-10-2017, 08:44 AM)billm99uk Wrote: Nice. Looks like you got a good position and the weather was OK. Were they any good live?
I think they were great!!
Korean bands usually have great live performance!!
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I don't understand why Dulgukhwa's first album gets ranked so high on Korean top all-time album lists. It's a decent album for being 80's melodic rock (sounding more in fact, like a 70s rock album than something from 1986) but it has a lot of the same characteristics in it that make me hate American/British so-called 'classic rock'. Stuff that music critics love to shove down your throat but for years you have been wondering "What's the big fucking deal?"

Mind you, as much as I loved the first BooHwal album, I prefer Lee Seung Chul (one of the original singers, softer voice) doing many of those songs in his solo work as they didn't sound so rugged and nasty. Dulgukhwa's vocalist had a lot of the same problems as the gruffy vocals on BooHwal's first two albums (I believe it was guitarist Kim Tae Won who did those parts, which, while having written some truly memorable songs, was not my cup of tea as far as vocals go). It also might be the feeling in the lyrics which, like it or not, do influence some people's impression of certain musical works, especially from far back. I honestly did not find myself really loving Dulgukhwa overall.

My favorite all-time Korean albums though, so far, are Cho Yong Pil's "The Woman Outside the Window" (his first, a trot album), and Muhangwedo's "When Our Lives Are Coming to an End". Muhangwedo's only album was certainly stronger and more consistent for 80s K-Pop than Shin Hae Chul's first two solo albums, which I love, but not every song. N.EX.T is certainly an amazing band and a great formidable rival to X Japan if we're talking about the penultimate rock band of Korea, but I've grown to really resent most hard rock and heavy metal in general, and only listen to their first album "Home", which was more dance-oriented. Lee Moon Sae's fourth album is also great, but so far I only have it on cassette and have not picked up the current remaster on CD. This is mainly regarding studio albums, not compilations which IMO don't count (but are good enough for some artists). Lee Seung Chul's first solo album "Don't Say Goodbye" is also a good candidate. Many of the albums I really enjoyed once upon a time I either got bored of from overplay (Seotaiji and Boys' first) or just shy away from because of a change in taste (N.EX.T's "World"). I have a bigger list of all-time favorite Japanese records and even more all-time favorite English albums than Korean, overall, but I'm always trying to expand that list.
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(09-10-2017, 08:44 AM)billm99uk Wrote: Nice. Looks like you got a good position and the weather was OK. Were they any good live?
My only video of them:


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The gruffy vocals of Kim Tae Won and the beautiful vocals of Lee Seung Chul like devil and angel, that's the biggest reason I like Boohwal very much, and I've never heard a rock band like them. (Don't compare their vocals with nowaday core/metal vocals)
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Someone from Metal Archives compiled a bunch of random Korean power metal bands' songs:



The first two are predictable as all fuck, but no Stranger or Dionysus to go along with the package? Really? Laugh
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I think I have most of the essential South Korean full-length albums on CD. The rest are on vinyl or not too familiar to my ears. Of course, I do still want to get Moby Dick's releases in my collection.

I've also won Sinawe's Four, which is famous for debuting Seo Taiji's musical career. He was only eighteen years old when he joined the band. I'm glad that it's another Japanese pressing, too, which is what I got with Down and Up.
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